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Worker pinned by front end loader’s bucket in Menomonie

posted Jan. 11, 2017 12:00 a.m. | updated Jan. 11, 2017 6:59 a.m. (CDT)
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MENOMONIE — A 23-year-old Spooner man was injured Monday at Wisconsin Kenworth, 5913 3M Drive, when he was crushed by a front end loader’s bucket, according to Menomonie police reports.

Michael R. Leckle was taken by ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. A condition report was not available Tuesday.

According to police reports:

Authorities were called to Wisconsin Kenworth at 3:51 p.m. Dustin Glaze of Cameron told police he was operating a front end loader when he and Leckle were moving a disabled semitractor into the shop and decided to attach a chain to pull it with the loader.

Glaze said he pulled up to the rear of the semitractor and lowered the bucket of the front end loader so they could attach the chain to it. He exited the cab of the loader and saw Leckle pinned between the bucket and the passenger side rear dual tire of the semitractor. Glaze immediately raised the bucket, and Leckle fell to the ground. He appeared to lose consciousness but regained it before  being taken to the hospital.